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Thank you for attending ACR Convergence, the ACR's annual meeting. This premier rheumatology research and education event was held November 5 – 9 and boasted 450+ educational sessions and workshops, 3,000+ scientific research studies, and 16,000+ attendees from around the world. Registered scientific attendees and approved press have access to the virtual platform until June 1, 2021. Stay tuned for details about ACR Convergence 2021.
All presentations and studies presented at the meeting were under embargo until November 2 at 2:00 PM ET. The embargo started once the ACR has notified presenters of their abstract’s acceptance, and it could not be presented at other meetings after this time. Accepted abstracts are made available to the public online in advance of the meeting and are published in a special online supplement of Arthritis & Rheumatology.
Journalists with access to embargoed information also could not release articles before the embargo lifted. Releasing stories prior to the embargo will result in the denial of press credentials for both the offending journalist and outlet/publication for future meetings for a period of time to be determined by the ACR. For more information regarding the ACR Embargo Policy, please contact the ACR Public Relations Department.
All requests for press credentials are subject to review/approval by ACR staff, and approval one year doesn’t guarantee approval the following. News outlets/publications that meet the following criteria are eligible to have up to two (2) employed journalists and/or freelancers apply for press credentials. If the outlet/publication a journalist is working for does not meet the following eligibility criteria, their request will be denied. Requirements include:
Bloggers wishing to be considered for press credentials must submit an assignment letter that includes details about the blog’s audience, content focus, and minimum number of articles that will be produced. The required work samples must include copies of, or links to, recent rheumatology-related posts, and all blogs must demonstrate that original, editorial news coverage is disseminated throughout the year and that the blog has editorial freedom from advertisers and/or sponsors (single-sponsored blogs will not receive credentials; blogs with advertising must have multiple advertisers clearly identified).
An outlet/publication may send one non-writing editor if there is a plan in place to assign editorial coverage during or immediately following the meeting. The editor must submit an assignment letter on the publication’s letterhead that explains what their role is, what type of content they will be assigning, the minimum number of articles that will be produced, and their plans for disseminating the articles. A non-writing editor counts toward the maximum number of press registrations an outlet/organization can have.
The following outlets/publications and individuals are not eligible for press credentials:
Note: The ACR reserves the right to impose further limitations on the number of badges issued as necessary.
Individuals registered as press are strictly prohibited from engaging in the following activities. Violation of these parameters will result in loss of press credentials for the offending journalists and/or outlet/organization for future meetings:
Each year, the College holds several press conferences highlighting select research coming out of the meeting. These press conferences are an opportunity for invited investigators to share their findings with members of the media. Press releases are drafted for these studies and submitted to registered press under an embargo prior to the start of the meeting.
The virtual press conferences were held November 6 – 9 at 8:30 AM ET or 1:30 PM ET. Recordings of these press conferences are available until June 1, 2021 on the virtual platform. Press registration is required in order to access the virtual platform.
Registered press were given a complimentary “All-Access Pass” to ACR Convergence 2020. This pass provides meeting access to all sessions, the poster hall, virtual exhibits, as well as the post-meeting events on November 10 and 21. It also includes on-demand access to the session recordings until June 1, 2021.
Programs presented at the meeting are for the education of attendees and purchasers of recorded presentations as authorized by the American College of Rheumatology. The information and materials displayed and presented during this meeting are the property of the ACR and the presenter and cannot be photographed, screenshot, recorded, copied, photocopied, transformed to electronic format, reproduced, or distributed without written permission of the American College of Rheumatology and the presenter.
Any use of the program content for commercial purposes (which includes, but is not limited to, oral presentations, audiovisual materials used by speakers, and program handouts) without the written consent of the ACR is prohibited. This policy applies before, during, and after the meeting. The ACR will enforce its intellectual property rights and penalize those who infringe upon them. Please reference the “Abstract Permissions and Reprints” page for copyright and reprint details. Journalists violating copyright may have their press credentials denied for future meetings.
Insignias and logos of the ACR, ARP, and Rheumatology Research Foundation are proprietary marks. Use of these in any fashion, by any entity, for any purpose, is prohibited without the written permission of the ACR. The use of insignias, logos, and images that mislead the intended audience to believe that a piece or production is coming from the ACR is strictly prohibited and may result in the denial of press credentials for future meetings.
If you intend to present coverage of ACR Convergence 2020 in a dedicated website, newsletter, or promotional piece of any kind, please include the following disclaimer at the top of your piece:
This information is brought to you by [insert organization name] and is not sponsored by, nor a part of, the American College of Rheumatology.
Additionally, you may not use the ACR Convergence 2020 logo nor company name to imply affiliation. Acceptable titles of your coverage are as follows:
The ACR reserves the right to request promotional activities violating this policy be edited or removed. Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in the loss of press credentials for future meetings.
Press registration for ACR Convergence 2020 is closed. The deadline to apply for a press pass was October 30. View press policies. Information about ACR Convergence 2020 and the press registration process will be shared Spring 2021.
Eligible outlets/publications sending multiple people should have each person submit a separate, individual request were asked to provide the following:
Note: Journalists who received credentials for the previous year’s meeting must submit bylined coverage from the previous meeting in lieu of general work samples. If meeting coverage is behind a paywall, a username and password must be provided so ACR can verify the outlet/publication eligibility and confirm post-meeting coverage. If the journalist is new, but the outlet/publication is not, the assignment editor may be asked to provide proof of coverage from the previous year before journalists representing the organization will be approved for the current year’s meeting.
Once your application has been reviewed, you will receive confirmation of its approval or denial
within three to seven business days depending on the volume of requests being received.
Does the ACR share its media list?
The ACR does not share, rent or sell the current or past list of registrants with attendees, exhibitors or their representative public relations and marketing agencies.
Does the embargo lift on all presentations/abstracts at the same time?
Yes. The embargo lifted on all presentations on November 2 at 2:00 PM ET regardless of when it was presented.
When will abstracts be available online?
Accepted abstracts are available to view online. View accepted abstracts.